Abie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The story of the name Abie reaches back through Scottish history to the kingdom of Dalriada. The name evolved for a person who worked as a person who was a lay-abbot of a monastery. In the Middle Ages, this was the title held usually by the leading family of the village.

Early Origins of the Abie family

The surname Abie was first found in the county of Angus, in the parish of Abbey and Brechin. The first record was of Donald Abbe of Brechin in 1178, who witnessed a charter with Turpin, Bishop of Brechin, and later he gifted the lands of Balegillegrand to the Abbey of Arbroath, which grant was confirmed by King William the Lion.

Early History of the Abie family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Abie research. Another 69 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1219 and 1370 are included under the topic Early Abie History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Abie Spelling Variations

Spelling variations are the result of the medieval practice of spelling according to sound and repeated translation between Gaelic and English. Many spelling variations of Abie have been recorded over the years, including Abbey, Aba, Abbe, Abbie, Abey, Abbeys, Aby and others.

Early Notables of the Abie family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Abie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Abie migration to the United States +

Numerous Scottish settlers settled along the east coast of the colonies that would become the United States and Canada. Others traveled to the open country of the west. At the time of the American War of Independence, some remained in the United States, while those who remained loyal to the crown went north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. The highland games and Clan societies that sprang up across North America in the 20th century have helped many Scots to recover parts of their lost traditions. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Abies to arrive in North America:

Abie Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Louise Abie, who landed in North America in 1832 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Abie (post 1700) +

  • Abie Longstaff, Australian-born British author of children's fiction, best known for her The Fairytale Hairdresser picture book series


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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